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As reports flow in during the NFL's free agency period, the Bills made one of the largest and best so far by putting the finishing touches on one of the league's "juicier" wide receiving groups says

Every club inside the AFC East is a winner based solely on the sea changes unfolding in New England. The Bills, though, already viewed themselves as contenders after a promising run to the playoffs in 2019. GM Brandon Beane used last offseason to address the team's hyper-ugly receiving group, snatching up under-the-radar assets in John Brown and Cole Beasley.

One year later, Beane's trade with the Vikings for wideout Stefon Diggs gives Buffalo a bona fide lead wideout who trailed only Michael Thomas and A.J. Brown among receivers in yards per route run in 2019. The Bills gave up plenty to Minnesota -- first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks in 2020 and a fourth-rounder in 2021 -- meaning Diggs hits the scene with immediate pressure to help … quarterback Josh Allen grow through the air. On paper, though, Diggs, Brown and Beasley comprise a rock-solid threesome for the Bills to unleash on opposing defenses. Play-caller Brian Daboll is already crafting masterpieces on napkins in Buffalo-area hangouts.

At only 26, Diggs could become a staple of Buffalo's offense for years to come.

Media reports have indicated that the Bills have traded with the Vikings for WR Stefon Diggs. Scroll through to view photos of his career to this point.

2. Washington Post predicts this team to win the AFC East

Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post predicts the Bills will win the AFC East with a 12-4 record in 2020. Now, that's not based off of how he feels, Greenberg came to this conclusion via analytical analysis.

To figure out who is most likely to emerge as this year's AFC East champion we need to look at each team's expected win rate for 2020, derived by looking at win totals and Super Bowl odds from various bookmakers, and adjust that for strength of schedule and location. And while we do not yet know the order of the games we do know the opponents for each team both home and away.

Of the 16 games Buffalo will play, they are expected to be favored in nearly every one, the toughest task being against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Based on the current projections, the Bills look to grab their first division title since 1995 with a 12-4 record. Buffalo should be favored in nearly every game on its schedule, with its toughest task at home against the Kansas City Chiefs (56 percent win probability, roughly equating to a three-point favorite). It will be a close call for second place, but the Patriots, at a projection of 9-7, still could wind up as a playoff team, even without Brady under center.

If all goes to Greenberg's plan, the final standings will look something like this.

Buffalo: 12-4

New England: 9-7

Miami: 8-8

New York: 7-9

3. ESPN names Buffalo "winners" in 2020 free agency

Buffalo has been active in free agency with the re-singing of Quinton Spain, Jordan Poyer's contract extension, and signing Josh Norman. There have also been multiple reports of other free agents to join Buffalo for the upcoming season. ESPN has named Buffalo as winners of free agency so far.

Sometimes, heavy forays into free agency actually work. There was almost universal agreement that the Bills' 2019 spree played a significant role in clinching a wild-card spot. And after their efforts this week, the Bills might have made themselves the favorites in the new-look AFC East.

The big-ticket acquisition, of course, was landing Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs via a trade. But the Bills made plenty of other important and thoughtful moves. First, they made sure to prevent a backslide from their otherwise improved offensive line in re-signing guard Quinton Spain. Then they went hard at upgrading a defensive line already anchored by defensive tackle Ed Oliver by signing veterans Quinton Jefferson and Vernon Butler. And it's likely that coach Sean McDermott will have a better idea of how to use new Buffalo cornerback Josh Norman, dating to their time together with the Panthers.

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